Palo Santo Uses

Heather Askinosie|August 18, 2014

Every country has its botanical treasures, the greatest of which are so important to the society that they become pillars of the culture. In South America, Palo Santo Wood is one such treasure. The Palo Santo uses and healing powers are so numerous that it has been part of the South American culture for centuries. Its smoke is so powerful that it has become a staple in sacred rituals, becoming an essential energy tool for Shamans and saints alike. And its aroma is just incredible—very fresh smelling with hints of mint and citrus—proving to be one of the most fragrant woods in the world. Because of the extraordinary blessings that it bestows on those who have the good fortune to use it, over time, plant-medicines, such as Palo Santo Wood, have reached divine-like status in the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

Palo Santo Wood Origin

Palo Santo is a sacred wood that comes from the magical Palo Santo tree, native to the coast of South America. Its name literally means holy wood, and it is just that. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power, which is why Palo Santo Spiritual uses are so popular. Traditionally, it is burned by Incas, indigenous people of the Andes, Shamans and medicine people for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing and healing. 

One of the most amazing aspects of the magical Palo Santo Wood is that it is wild harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees in Ecuador over the last 10 years. The Palo Santo Wood comes from naturally fallen trees and branches that lie dead for 4-10 years before they are harvested. This ensures a very high-quality product that is constantly surrounded by love and respect.

Palo Santo Uses and Benefits

Some of the most well-known Palo Santo uses include inspiring creativity, evoking protection, infusing blessings and bringing both love and good fortune. It is a wonderful tool to use before and during your meditation. Its uplifting scent helps to raise your vibration to bring a deeper connection to the Earth and your divine source.

Let’s take a closer look:


One of the most popular Palo Santos benefits is its capability to relieve common cold symptoms, like headaches and throat pain. The sweet scent is one of the Palo Santos healing properties that work to cleanse the air around you and alleviate unwanted symptoms. The aroma may also help with depression, inflammation, anxiety, and more. 

Stress and Relaxation

Many people believe that Palo Santos Wood helps relieve stress and provide users with a better quality of sleep. The therapeutic healing properties of the smoke allow you to relax and let go of the negativity that may be weighing you down. To fully experience these Palo Santos benefits, you’ll need to light the Palo Santos and allow it to work like aromatherapy. 

One way to use Palo Santos is to try it in an oil form. Using it in an oil roller or spray can provide you with a sense of joy throughout the day and allow you to experience the power of relaxation that Palo Santos Wood provides no matter where you go. 

Listen to your body and how you respond to the aroma for the best experience. 

Cleanse Your Home

Another one of the common Palo Santos uses is to cleanse your home of negative energy. Palo Santo is known for purifying spaces and filling them with newfound positivity. When you burn Palo Santo Wood, it releases a sweet scent that isn't too overwhelming. Because of this, you can use Palo Santo as often as you want to create more space for positive vibrations. 

Your home is a sacred place where you can unwind, relax, express yourself, and connect with others on a deeper level. As you discover new ways to utilize Palo Santo healing properties inside your home, consider creating a routine around its meaning. This will allow you to bask in the newfound creativity, the feeling of love, and be filled with joy, as much as you desire.

Enhancing Your Meditation Experience

One Palo Santo spiritual use is to include it during your meditations. You’ll want to start by setting your intentions and allowing the sweet scents to put you into a mindful state of being. Doing this will allow your body to let go of negative energies, cleanse your soul, and invite positive energy into your life. Get ready to clear your mind and allow the Palo Santo healing properties to ground you and bring you a new sense of focus. 

Purify Your Crystals

Palo Santo can purify the energy of your crystals. It’s best to use it on your crystals when you first receive them and whenever you feel the energy begin to feel heavy. To do this, light your Palo Santo Wood and wait for the flame to burn out. Then, hold the Palo Santo close to your crystals and let them immerse in the smoke. No matter the type of crystal healing properties your crystals have, they can benefit from being purified by Palo Santo.


How to Use Palo Santo

The Palo Santo uses will provide energetic protection, remove any bad energy, uplift your spirit and fill your home with blessings. 

Here’s how you can start to experience the Palo Santo benefits today:

  1. Light your Palo Santo stick.
  2. Let the stick catch fire, and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds. Then, gently blow out the flame. If needed, you can blow on the embers to keep the smoke going throughout the process.
  3. Say aloud or silently, “I ask that the plant spirit of Palo Santo please infuse this space with blessings.”
  4. To fill your space with blessings, start at the front door and walk clockwise through it with your Palo Santo. To bless yourself, your space or crystals, simply allow the smoke and rich smell of the Palo Santo to fill the room.
  5. When you are finished, place your Palo Santo stick in a fireproof container. The glow at the end of the stick will eventually go out on its own. Unlike conventional incense, which burns out completely after lighting it, your Palo Santo wood may be relit many, many times.

    You can buy Palo Santo wood on our website, as well as Palo Santo Incense.

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    Heather Askinosie

    Heather Askinosie

    Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at


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